The Deck of Conversations
: A deck of playing cards (with the jokers)
: Pre-intermediate and intermediate
: This speaking class is ideal for small groups or one-to-one classes, with you acting as the questioner. For larger groups, nominate one person as the questioner or have students take it in turns.
: Pre-speaking task Draw the following symbols on the board.
Ask the students where they see them (in a deck of cards) and what they are (spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds). Go over the face cards: King, Queen, Jack. Are they similar in their language? Follow this up with a couple of questions about card games. Do the students have any favourite card games? Do they like playing cards? When do they play? Explain that today’s speaking class is based around the deck of cards.
1. Remove the cards 2 to 8 from each suit of the deck. 2. Place the deck of cards face down on the table. 3. Ask the student to pick up the top card and read out what it is. 4. Read the corresponding question or task. They must answer in English. 5. Repeat steps two and three with the next student and so on. 6. At the end, conduct a short feedback slot where you highlight errors or interesting information people found out during the activity.
There are two possibilities that could follow up this activity: 1) students are each assigned the numbers 2 to 8 for different suits and write questions to find out interesting information about their classmates or their teacher. They bring this to class for the next day and you play again with their own questions.
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2) Students think of a card game they know and like and prepare an explanation on how to play. The next day of class they bring in their own pack of cards and teach others in their group their favourite card game.